I’m not telling people not to join the boycott against Olive Garden, Papa John’s, Red Lobster, and Longhorn Steakhouse. I just want everyone to realize that this problem is much larger than these two particular companies and runs much deeper than conservative opposition to Obamacare.
If you’re outraged by what Darden and Papa John’s are doing, then I hope you’re also mad at every other corporate chain because they’re ALL doing the same thing and have been doing it for years. Whenever costs go up for any reason, profit is maintained by wringing more labor out of low-level employees. Being mad at Obamacare is just the latest excuse for owners to treat labor like shit. This kind of behavior is baked into contemporary American capitalism. Fixing this is going to take a lot more than a boycott of a few restaurants.
Anyway, if you do want to boycott Papa John’s, Olive Garden, etc., you should also write to the companies to inform them of what you’re doing. While you’re at it, write to your representative to express your feelings about the matter and to ask them what they’re going to do about corporate chains constantly screwing low-level employees. Ask them to work to raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage. Ask them to work to support the president’s efforts to raise taxes on the wealthy. Ask them to protect the social safety net and to work for the interests of the poor and working class.
Oh, and vote against Republicans whenever possible. They are consistently opposed to pro-labor legislation.
Given the corruption that crashed the American economy (again), and the current administration’s unwillingness to seriously address class issues or corporate greed, it’s hard to find fault with Occupy Wall Street.
Not everyone who agrees with the protestors’ principles is impressed, however. In an essay posted on Ted Rall’s website on September 26, the political cartoonist, commentator, and author says that “for me and other older, jaded veterans of leftist struggle, [Occupy Wall Street’s] failure was a foregone conclusion”—and that “yet another opportunity to agitate for real change was being wasted by well-meant wankers.”
This is not to say Rall doesn’t believe in the cause. The author of Wake Up, You’re Liberal!: How We Can Take America Back from the Right, acknowledges in the first sentence of his critique that Occupy Wall Street “is and was important.” If only because it represents the first major repudiation of the Obama administration by the American left. But, he argues, good intentions are not enough, especially when the stakes are so high.
So, I’m at the pro-choice YouTube trolling again, this time at the request of my friend Briana.
Apparently, there’s this movement called “Until Abortion Ends,” where anti-choice slacktivists make videos talking about what they’re “giving up” until abortion “ends,” which is usually some sort of junk food.
Anyway, Briana found the video of this douche giving up Pepsi, and asked that I make a video response. He denied my request to have it linked as an official response, but I’m still putting it out there because fuck him.
Feel free to make your own, guyz.